Next Wednesday, February 27, at 10:30 h. in the Sala de Juntas de Filosofía, in the Building of the Faculty of Psychology, Viviane Albenga (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne) will talk about “Gender, feminism and cultural capital, from reading practices to political ideas”, within the Seminar Work in Progress FiloLab (TeC FiloLab).
This conference will aim to propose elements for a theoretical framework with which to understand the “ordinary” appropriations of feminist ideas, based on the sociology of reading and reception. In these sociological fields, powerful concepts have been developed that theorize the role played by cultural capital and social trajectories in the ways of appropriating ideas. Linking these works heirs of Bourdieu (Chartier, Mauger, Poliak and Pudal) with the Cultural Studies (Radway, Hall, Skeggs), as well as Gender Studies, Viviane Albenga will first present the results of her PhD research on the effects of reading literature in «gender trajectories», focused on an ethnographic work on reading groups (Albenga, S’émanciper par la lecture, PU de Rennes, 2017). Secondly, she will show how to produce an analysis in feminist terms of the practical as well as symbolic effects of the readings: she will compare her field research with that of a Swiss colleague, Laurence Bachmann, who studied the role of comics, social sciences and personal development readings in the gender consciousness of women from lower middle class. This comparison will try to highlight how to identify and classify feminist ideas when the feminist label is not claimed and can even be rejected, although the practices try to transgress gender norms and develop feminine autonomy. The intervention will conclude defending the need to return to the philosophy and genealogy of feminist ideas to emphasize that, in ordinary ideas as well as in public action, in France liberal feminism prevails over materialist feminism, a fact that seems to contrast with the feminist movement and State feminism in Spain.